The Château de Sévérac is a 13th century castle which was restored in the 18th century. The castle site has belonged to several families: the Sévéracs, Armagnacs, and Arpajons. The latter built a Renaissance style castle whose south face can still be seen.

Visitors today can see ramparts, walls, watch towers, the chapel and kitchen, in which demonstrations of medieval cooking are given. An exhibition of medieval costumes can be seen in the chapel and recitals of troubadour music and demonstrations of their instruments are held.

The Château de Sévérac is one of a group of 23 castles in Aveyron which have grouped together to provide a tourist itinerary as La Route des Seigneurs du Rouergue.

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Founded: 13th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in France
Historical period: Late Capetians (France)

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Roelf (15 months ago)
Forced to overnight in the local town while waiting for spare parts for our camper, we decided to take a bike ride up to the local castle. Hard work but very much worth it. A fort surrounded by a picturesque village. just one thing to bear in mind... as i recall there was only only one watering hole at the top. Yes worth a visit.
Paul Ellis (2 years ago)
Lovely chateau, free to get in. Lot's of renovations happening. Great views.
Lynn Shaw (2 years ago)
Still being renovated. Views amazing. More just a building than a chateau.
UCEPH Rock n Travel (2 years ago)
Lovely village. Very medieval. A walk in the village towards the castle makes you feel like you might bump into the duc de severac waving his cane around while some lady in a long dress smiles at every passer by. The castle looks more like a prison or a convent. Yet the view from up there is breathtaking.
Brian Kennan (2 years ago)
As French castles go, this is far from spectacular. The restoration has barely begun. It's a shell. Having said that, lovely views and worth the climb.
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